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HQ 957750

August 22, 1995

CLA-2 R:C:T 957750 jb


TARIFF NO.: 6002.92.9000

Zia Rashid
Ainy Inc.
201 Locustwood Blvd.
Elmont, New York, 11003

RE: Modification of DD 806654; jersey knit fabric of weft knit; heading 6002, HTSUSA

Dear Mr. Rashid:

On March 9, 1995, Customs issued to you District ruling (DD) 806654 regarding the classification of certain salvaged pieces of cloth used for wiping, cleaning and wiping. After careful review of that ruling, we have determined that it is partly in error. A sample was submitted to this office for examination.

Pursuant to section 625, Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1625), as amended by section 623 of Title VI (Customs Modernization) of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Pub. L. 103-182, 107 Stat. 2057, 2186 (1993) (hereinafter section 625), notice of the proposed modification of DD 806654 was published July 19, 1995, in the CUSTOMS BULLETIN, Volume 29, Number 29.


The merchandise at issue consists of salvaged pieces of cotton knit fabric which has been downgraded and rejected by the knitting mill. The cloth will be imported from Pakistan and used for wiping, cleaning and dusting. They are composed of jersey knit fabric and are of a variety of sizes. The imports will be white fabric only and will consist of rectangular "flats" ranging in size from approximately 16 inches by 18 inches to 30 inches by 30 inches. The "tubular" pieces are 56 inches by 17 inches (or 28 inches by 17 inches if measured in a flattened condition). The merchandise is approximately square cut, i.e., the sides are generally straight, not jagged or notched. The items are not worn, soiled or torn, nor are considered small clippings such as dressmaker's or tailor's.
In DD 806654, the cloth pieces were classified in subheading 6002.42.0000, HTSUSA, which provides for other knit or crocheted fabrics: other fabrics, warp knit: of cotton. It has been brought to our attention that though the merchandise is correctly classified as jersey knit fabrics, in heading 6002, HTSUSA, they are of weft knit construction and not warp construction.


What is the correct classification of the merchandise at issue?


Classification of merchandise under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA) is in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI). GRI 1 requires that classification be determined according to the terms of the headings and any relative section or chapter notes. Where goods cannot be classified solely on the basis of GRI 1, the remaining GRI will be applied, in the order of appearance.

Heading 6310, HTSUSA, provides for, among other things, used or new rags. The Explanatory Notes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (EN) to heading 6310, HTSUSA, state:

(1) Rags of textile fabrics (including knitted or crocheted fabrics, felt or nonwovens). Rags may consist of articles of furnishing or clothing or of other old textile articles so worn out, soiled or torn as to be beyond cleaning or repair, or of small new cuttings (e.g., dressmakers' or tailors' snippings).

To fall in the heading, these products must be worn, dirty or torn, or in small pieces. They are generally fit only for the recovery (e.g., by pulling) of the fibres (which are usually re-spun), for the manufacture of paper or plastics, for the manufacture of polishing materials (e.g., polishing wheels), or for use as industrial wipers (e.g., machine wipers).

The subject merchandise does not meet the criteria outlined in the EN to heading 6310, HTSUSA, for classification as "used or new rags". The merchandise at issue is too large and lacks mutilation. Additionally, the merchandise is neither worn out, soiled or torn. Though the merchandise was correctly described as jersey knit fabric, it was incorrectly classified as warp knit. Assuming that the circular knit fabric is not made wholly of cotton yarns exceeding 100nm per single yarn, it should have been classified in subheading 6002.92.9000, HTSUSA.


The subject merchandise is correctly classified in subheading 6002.92.9000, HTSUSA, which provides for other knitted or crocheted fabrics: other: of cotton: other. The applicable rate of duty is 13.6 percent ad valorem and the quota category is 222.

DD 806654 of March 9, 1995, is modified to reflect the classification set forth above.

In accordance with section 625, this ruling will become effective 60 days after its publication in the CUSTOMS BULLETIN. Publication of rulings or decisions pursuant to section 625 does not constitute a change of practice or position in accordance with section 177.10(c)(1), Customs Regulations (19 CFR 177.10(c)(1)).

This merchandise is subject to a visa requirement only; it does not have a quota.


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